Australian Citizenship and the Workplace

Being an immigrant in a new land isn’t especially easy. New arrivals face considerable challenges as they attempt to get established and provide form themselves and any family members in tow, and getting used to new customs and practices can be awkward. A particularly difficult issue for many immigrants takes place at work, where newcomers may find confusing policies or different treatment from employers –assuming they’re able to find suitable work in the first place. Unfortunately, some immigrants travel to Australia without any prior plans for seeking employment, and may lack either the experience or the credentials needed to perform various jobs. Though some people do enter Australia with their work plans already settled, employment can become an issue later on when visas expire, and workers may find that they’re unhappy with certain working policies in the country or with the conditions in which they’re employed. Without citizenship, immigrants can have trouble getting their opinions heard and influencing policy change –and when work is difficult or impossible to find without a previous arrangement, serious problems can emerge, and may threaten an immigrant’s ability to stay in the country.

Those who venture to Australia with a vague or with no idea of how they’ll support themselves once in the country may do so as a matter of necessity, but the situation that quickly develops after arrival can be chaotic and frustrating. Immigrants may be able to find special programs or organizations to help them secure work or establish their usable credentials, though many such efforts have the ultimate goal of helping people seek Australian citizenship. Indeed, securing citizenship is one of the best ways to ensure that current and future work stability will allow for a comfortable and sustainable lifestyle in Australia. By taking the citizenship test and completing the application, immigrants can greatly increase their chances of getting hired –especially if they have certain skills or professional backgrounds that they hope to develop down under.

When newcomers to Australia enter the country with an agreement to work for a certain company or with a special type of visa that entitles them to seek employment for a given period, finding work can of course be much easier, but after a time, workers may find themselves longing to ad their voices to the opinions in the workplace and to become more involved in the operation as a whole. Seeking Australian citizenship can help immigrants in such situations overcome the frustrations of having limited legal status, and new citizens in any field are likely to find an increased job flexibility along with the many benefits they’re sure to receive from employers themselves.

Though there are other considerations besides work to take into account when thinking about becoming an Australian citizen, issues specific to the workplace can have a great influence on the eventual choice. For most immigrants, becoming a citizen allows for a greater experience in Australia and helps make life easier and more prosperous.

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  • Martin Aguilar November 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Settling nowhere is easy. You are a newcomer, the country wants to know if you are worth the risk and have the skills. If you are scaping from your country with no education you won’t get far unless you are a Korean dude with a big mafia behind you. Or Chinese.

  • Grimond November 29, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Totally agreed with this article.

  • Julieta Longo November 30, 2010 at 7:16 am

    In my experience Australia can be a really warm destiny for your settlement attempt. The key is in being open minded and have the correct attitude. That includes gather the correct documentation prior entering the country. This is vital for you to achieve a status of commodity and relief.

  • Arisa Mapel December 3, 2010 at 7:13 am


  • Susan January 24, 2011 at 8:54 am

    i have to agree with what Arisa said. I came here hoping to find a job and until i got the chance to get a work permit nobody will hire me…so please, be smart and get it before coming

  • fen xui February 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

    in my experience, i had a lot of issues finding a decent job before passing the citizenship test…once i got the citizenship issued, everybody started treating me as a regular citizen and i could even choose from different job i was offered

  • Rebecca July 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I am preparing for the citizenship test right now, I am actually learning a lot about Australia. There’s a lot of things I had no idea about.

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